Born and raised in northeastern South Dakota, Heather Chilson moved to Arkansas in 2005. Since childhood, photography had always played an important part in her life as a hobby, but it eventually grew into a passion.
Originally embracing digital photography for its ease, she eventually became frustrated having a camera full of images that she never had time to download and edit. Switching to film cameras dating from as far back as the 1930's, she intentionally slowed down to improve her process.
Chilson now works in both film and digital formats.
Influenced by photographers such as Imogen Cunningham, Garry Winogrand, Todd Hido, Vivian Maier, Alec Soth, Jane Rule Burdine and Geoff Winningham because their work evoke emotions and feelings about time and place within her, Heather finds inspiration to use her stark, matter-of-fact approach in compositions that she feels also speaks to the viewer.
Chilson was selected in 2016 to attend "The Troubled Landscape" workshop in Paris, France with photographer Todd Hido.
"The more I can think about my shot and spend time editing through my viewfinder before I fire the shutter, the less time I spend in post-processing. I don't want to create an unrealistic illusion; I want you to feel that you were there with me." - Heather Chilson
Vox Femina II, Art Center of the Ozarks, Springdale, AR
Art Ventures, Fayetteville, AR
Scott Frame & Gallery, Rogers, AR
Fayetteville Underground, Fayetteville, AR
Arsaga's Depot, Fayetteville, AR